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30 Interview Questions & Answers

1.
If you found a twenty dollar bill in the parking lot, what would you do?
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You would turn the money in at the member service desk or to a store manager! The interviewer needs to hear that you are honest and ethical. In this situation, the best thing to do is to turn the money in, and it is what the interviewer expects to hear from you.

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1.
If you found a twenty dollar bill in the parking lot, what would you do?
You would turn the money in at the member service desk or to a store manager! The interviewer needs to hear that you are honest and ethical. In this situation, the best thing to do is to turn the money in, and it is what the interviewer expects to hear from you.

Rachelle's Answer
"I could never keep money that was not mine. Perhaps the person who dropped the money may desperately need that $20 today, and turning it in would give them a better chance of finding the money."
Anonymous Answer
"Turn it into the Customer Service Desk."
Alexandra's Answer
Great answer!
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2.
Do you shop at Costco?
Be candid with the interviewer about if you have or have had a Costco membership. If you currently shop at Costco, that's great! Be sure to mention how much you enjoy your membership and shopping at Costco. If you have had a Costco membership in the past, be sure to say that you have shopped at Costco, and you liked it! If you do not buy at Costco, that is okay too! Merely share that you do not currently shop at Costco, but you hear wonderful things about it all the time and look forward to being part of the team.

Rachelle's Answer
"When my kids were younger, and living in the house, my Costco membership is what saved me! Time wise and financially. Now that they are off to college, my visits are less frequent, but this is still my go-to place for holiday shopping."
Anonymous Answer
"Yes, my wife and I do."
Alexandra's Answer
Good answer, I would consider adding what you like about Costco or why you shop at Costco. If you can convey that you have a special interest or passion for Costco that will be appealing for the interviewer.
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Anonymous Answer
"Yes, my father has a business membership with Costco and my husband, and I are on the plan. We love buying bulk household supplies, and we often grab lunch while we are shopping as well."
Rachelle's Answer
Your answer is nice and specific, which the interviewer will appreciate :)
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Why do you want to work here and why should we hire you?
Costco's focus is bringing its members quality, brand-name, products at great prices. Tell the interviewer that you support Costco's goal of providing families with these great products and reasonable prices. Recognize that you would be helping create an environment where friends, family, and business colleagues come to shop together. Be excited to share that you would get to be a part of something great by being an employee at Costco!

Why should they hire you? Talking about ourselves in this way can be challenging. If you are unsure, talk about to a few colleagues, family members, and friends. Ask them for their opinion. You'll probably be surprised at the consistency in their responses! Their answers will give you insight into how to answer this part of the question. Tell the interviewer what sets you apart, and explain how your co-workers, family members, and friends have encouraged you with your gift in this area.

Rachelle's Answer
"I want to work here because your organization is so huge and offers an incredible amount of opportunity for growth. You should hire me because I would be a loyal and long-term hire. I understand what goes into sourcing, onboarding, and training a new employee and I would be fully dedicated to this process and my potential career growth with Costco."
Anonymous Answer
"Costco is a good, reliable member of the community. I want to work with people that like what they do and a company that offers growth opportunities."
Alexandra's Answer
Great answer! You address the first part of the question really well. It's great to point out the positives of the company. I think you could expand on why they should hire you. What sets you apart from others or why would you be good at this job?
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Tell me about the type of team members you dislike working with.
Costco is very much a team environment. You will not always be fond of the people you are collaborating with; however, the interviewer needs to know that any inherent dislike will not affect your job performance. Keep your answer positive and focus on your ability to self-manage despite team members who may drag you down.

Rachelle's Answer
"I certainly prefer to work with like-minded people who are go-getters and understand the meaning of hard work. It can be frustrating to work with people who have no drive or are lazy in general, but I ignore them and go about my day."
Anonymous Answer
"I have a teammate I currently work with that doesn't work efficiently or fast. He can be challenging to work with; however, I have found that if he is focused on helping customers, I can jump in and assist where needed with other customers, data entry, and filling prescriptions. We could work more efficiently if my teammate moved faster, but overall, everything gets finished every day."
Rachelle's Answer
Great way to end on a positive note. It sounds like you are very adaptable in the workplace.
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Anonymous Answer
"I don't dislike any team member. We are all different with different things happening around us. Our goal is to get the job done, and it's our responsibility to work together to reach a goal."
Alexandra's Answer
Good answer! I think the interviewer will like to hear about your dedication to getting the job done and reaching the goal of the team no matter who is on the team. If I were the interviewer I would probably follow up with another question like "Tell me about a time that you had a conflict with a team member" or "Tell me about a coworker who was difficult to work with" to try to see how you handle conflict and tough situations.
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5.
Where do you see yourself in the Costco organization in two years?
The interviewer wants to hear that you have realistic career progression expectations within Costco.

Tell the interviewer that you are excited about joining the team at Costco, and you anticipate that you will likely be in the same job in two years that you are hired for. If a promotion or another opportunity is available before then, that is great! But, you recognize that it takes time for developments and internal job changes to occur, so in two years, there is a good chance you will still be in the same job title, and that is okay with you! Be sure to mention that your goal is to learn as much as you can, so when the opportunity arises, you can be promoted.

If you are a student, tell the interviewer that you plan to stay at Costco through graduation in the role that you are hired into, and then share what career or further education you hope to be pursuing following graduation. If Costco offers jobs in your field, such as management, be sure to mention that you would be open to considering a career in your area at Costco if one is available upon graduation.

Rachelle's Answer
"In two years I would like to be on track for a promotion to assistant manager. I realize that a move like that takes time and dedication; both of which I am more than willing to contribute."
Anonymous Answer
"In 2 years, I expect that I will continue to be a successful Project Manager. If any opportunities are presented to me, and I feel I am a good fit, I will continue to reach for them and develop myself and be more of a value to the company and my co-workers."
Alexandra's Answer
Good answer!
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